Each week during the season, deciding on who to start for your fantasy team is the most pivotal decision. Each week in my Rankings, Starts and Sits article, I will list the players at each position. This will show you who the best play at each position is. I will also recommend a less obvious player at each position who is primed for a big week, and a player at each position who you should avoid. If you have any start/sit questions fell free to contact me on twitter @JamesMaguire21 where I would be happy to answer all questions.


QB Start of the Week


Russell Wilson (SEA)

The last time Wilson faced the Broncos it was in the Superbowl, where he had a fantastic game. The Broncos have improved on defence but with Manning throwing the Ball for the Broncos; Wilson will have a nice stat line as he will have to throw to keep up with them. The Seahawks and Wilson are always better at home where Wilson has scored over 18 points in 11 of the 17 games he has played there. Wilson has also thrown for 9 TD’s in his last four home games against AFC opposition. He is a great start this week.


QB Sit of the Week


Colin Kaepernick (SF)

Kap is coming off a game where he threw 3 interceptions and lost a fumble against the Bears. This week he faces a tough Cardinals defence who have done a good job of limiting QB’s over the first 2 games. If I had a better option I would bench Kap for this week, if not you will just have temper your expectations.


[columnize]1              Matthew Stafford DET (vs. GB)

2              Andrew Luck IND  (@JAC)

3              Drew Brees NO (vs. MIN)

4              Aaron Rodgers GB (@DET)

5              Peyton Manning DEN (@SEA)

6              Nick Foles PHI  (vs. WAS)

7              Russell Wilson SEA (vs. DEN)

8              Jay Cutler CHI (@NYJ)

9              Matt Ryan ATL  (vs. TB)

10           Tom Brady NE (vs. OAK)

11           Cam Newton CAR (vs. PIT)

12           Philip Rivers SD (@BUF)

13           Colin Kaepernick SF (@ARI)

14           Tony Romo DAL  (@STL)

15           Andy Dalton CIN (vs. TEN)

16           Kirk Cousins WAS (@PHI)

17           Joe Flacco BAL  (@CLE)

18           Ryan Tannehill MIA (vs. KC)

19           Eli Manning NYG (vs. HOU)

20           Ben Roethlisberger PIT  (@CAR)

21           Alex Smith KC (@MIA)

22           Jake Locker TEN  (@CIN)

23           Josh McCown TB  (@ATL)

24           Ryan Fitzpatrick HOU (@NYG)[/columnize]


Running Backs

RB Start of the Week


Shane Vereen/Steven Ridley (NE)

Both Vereen and Ridley are nice starts this week against a bad Raiders defence. As you can see from my rankings, I prefer Vereen to Ridley, but both of them are great starts this week as the Raiders have given up almost 30ppg to opposing RB’s.


RB Sit of the Week


Steven Jackson (ATL)

The aging back has only scored 10.5 points over 2 games so far this season and is seeing a decrease in his touches. This week’s matchup is a tough one as he faces a Buccaneers defence who have been quite good against the run this season, giving up the sixth fewest points to opposing RB’s.


[columnize]1              Arian Foster HOU  (@NYG)

2              LeSean McCoy PHI  (vs. WAS)

3              DeMarco Murray DAL  (@STL)

4              Marshawn Lynch SEA  (vs. DEN)

5              Giovani Bernard CIN (vs. TEN)

6              Matt Forte CHI (@NYJ)

7              Alfred Morris WAS (@PHI)

8              Knile Davis KC  (@MIA)

9              Eddie Lacy GB (@DET)

10           Joique Bell DET  (vs. GB)

11           Zac Stacy STL (vs. DAL)

12           Le’Veon Bell PIT (@CAR)

13           Shane Vereen NE  (vs. OAK)

14           Rashad Jennings NYG (vs. HOU)

15           Terrance West CLE (vs. BAL)

16           Khiry Robinson NO (vs. MIN)

17           Montee Ball DEN (@SEA)

18           Andre Ellington ARI  (vs. SF)

19           Ahmad Bradshaw IND  (@JAC)

20           Jonathan Stewart CAR (vs. PIT)

21           Doug Martin TB  (@ATL)

22           Stevan Ridley NE (vs. OAK)

23           Lamar Miller MIA  (vs. KC)

24           C.J. Spiller BUF (vs. SD)

25           Bernard Pierce BAL (@CLE)

26           Chris Ivory NYJ (vs. CHI)

27           Steven Jackson ATL (vs. TB)

28           Matt Asiata MIN (@NO)

29           Frank Gore SF (@ARI)

30           Jeremy Hill CIN (vs. TEN)

31           Darren McFadden OAK  (@NE)

32           Pierre Thomas NO (vs. MIN)

33           Donald Brown SD  (@BUF)

34           Darren Sproles PHI  (vs. WAS)

35           Fred Jackson BUF (vs. SD)

36           Trent Richardson IND  (@JAC)

37           Reggie Bush DET  (vs. GB)

38           Justin Forsett BAL (@CLE)

39           Chris Johnson NYJ (vs. CHI)

40           Bobby Rainey TB (@ATL)

41           Isaiah Crowell CLE (vs. BAL)

42           Danny Woodhead SD (@BUF)

43           Stepfan Taylor ARI (vs. SF)

44           Toby Gerhart JAC  (vs. IND)

45           Shonn Greene TEN (@CIN)

46           Carlos Hyde SF (@ARI)

47           Benny Cunningham STL (vs. DAL)

48           Bishop Sankey TEN (@CIN)[/columnize]

 Wide Receivers

WR Start of the Week


Cordarrelle Patterson ( MIN )

Patterson has had a decent start to the season, but has done most of his damage from running the ball. I expect his receiving totals to greatly increase this week as he faces a Saints team that have given up the 2nd most points per game to opposing WR’s. With Peterson also being out it could force the Viking to throw the ball more or to give some extra carries to Patterson.


WR Sit of the Week


Larry Fitzgerald/ Michael Floyd (ARI)

I listed Fitzgerald as a start last week, but then Palmer was injured and forced to miss the game, and that ruined any chance of him having a good game. If Palmer is out again this week, then I would be very cautious about starting either Arizona WR as Stanton severely limits any upside he may have.


[columnize]1              Calvin Johnson DET (vs. GB)

2              Dez Bryant DAL  (@STL)

3              Jordy Nelson GB (@DET)

4              Brandon Marshall CHI (@NYJ)

5              Randall Cobb GB (@DET)

6              Demaryius Thomas DEN (@SEA)

7              Julio Jones ATL  (vs. TB)

8              Keenan Allen SD (@BUF)

9              Antonio Brown PIT (@CAR)

10           Cordarrelle Patterson MIN (@NO)

11           Jeremy Maclin PHI  (vs. WAS)

12           Julian Edelman NE  (vs. OAK)

13           Percy Harvin SEA (vs. DEN)

14           Mike Wallace MIA (vs. KC)

15           Vincent Jackson TB (@ATL)

16           Marques Colston NO  (vs. MIN)

17           Pierre Garcon WAS (@PHI)

18           Alshon Jeffery CHI  (@NYJ)

19           Emmanuel Sanders DEN (@SEA)

20           Roddy White ATL  (vs. TB)

21           Victor Cruz NYG  (vs. HOU)

22           Andre Johnson HOU (@NYG)

23           Kelvin Benjamin CAR  (vs. PIT)

24           Wes Welker DEN  (@SEA)

25           Sammy Watkins BUF  (vs. SD)

26           Golden Tate DET (vs. GB)

27           Michael Floyd ARI (vs. SF)

28           Reggie Wayne IND  (@JAC)

29           Brandin Cooks NO (vs. MIN)

30           Steve Smith BAL (@CLE)

31           Michael Crabtree SF (@ARI)

32           Larry Fitzgerald ARI (vs. SF)

33           DeAndre Hopkins HOU (@NYG)

34           Rueben Randle NYG (vs. HOU)

35           T.Y. Hilton IND  (@JAC)

36           Kendall Wright TEN (@CIN)

37           Terrance Williams DAL (@STL)

38           Brian Quick STL (vs. DAL)

39           Markus Wheaton PIT (@CAR)

40           Anquan Boldin SF (@ARI)

41           Mohamed Sanu CIN (vs. TEN)

42           Torrey Smith BAL (@CLE)

43           Greg Jennings MIN (@NO)

44           Andrew Hawkins CLE (vs. BAL)

45           James Jones OAK (@NE)

46           Jermaine Kearse SEA (vs. DEN)

47           Justin Hunter TEN (@CIN)

48           Harry Douglas ATL (vs. TB)[/columnize]

Tight Ends

TE Start of the Week

Martellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett (CHI)

Bennett is off to a fantastic start this season scoring 2 TD’s and he is currently second on the team with targets. His success should continue this week as he faces a Jets team who is struggling with it’s secondary. He is a great start this week.


TE Sit of the Week:


Jason Witten (DAL)

So far this season Witten has been pretty anonymous in the Dallas passing game, and that trend could continue this week against a Rams defence that has only allowed three tight ends to reach double digits in Fantasy points over the past 34 games. I would keep him benched until we see him return to form.


[columnize]1              Jimmy Graham NO (vs. MIN)

2              Rob Gronkowski NE (vs. OAK)

3              Julius Thomas DEN (@SEA)

4              Zach Ertz PHI  (vs. WAS)

5              Antonio Gates SD (@BUF)

6              Greg Olsen CAR  (vs. PIT)

7              Delanie Walker TEN  (@CIN)

8              Martellus Bennett CHI (@NYJ)

9              Kyle Rudolph MIN  (@NO)

10           Dennis Pitta BAL (@CLE)

11           Dwayne Allen IND (@JAC)

12           Larry Donnell NYG (vs. HOU)

13           Niles Paul WAS (@PHI)

14           Jason Witten DAL (@STL)

15           Jared Cook STL (vs. DAL)

16           Derek Carrier SF (@ARI)

17           Travis Kelce KC (@MIA)

18           Heath Miller PIT (@CAR)

19           Owen Daniels BAL (@CLE)

20           Jermaine Gresham CIN (vs. TEN)

21           Charles Clay MIA  (vs. KC)

22           Eric Ebron DET (vs. GB)

23           Brandon Myers TB (@ATL)

24           Scott Chandler BUF (vs. SD)[/columnize]